Telestyrelsen awards 900MHz, 1800MHz licences to Hi3G

14 Oct 2010

Denmark’s telecoms regulator, the National IT and Telecom Agency (Telestyrelsen), has announced it has granted two nationwide licences for spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands to mobile operator Hi3G Access Denmark. The cellco will pay the minimum price set by the regulator for the permits – DKK8 million (USD1.38 million) for the 900MHz concession and DKK4 million for the 1800MHz licence – after no other companies applied to take part in the auction. As reported by CommsUpdate, Telestyrelsen revealed plans last month to auction one concession for 2×5MHz spectrum in the 900MHz band and a further for 2×10MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The spectrum can be used for the provision of 2G (GSM), 3G and Long Term Evolution (LTE, 4G) mobile services. The country’s three mobile operators which already hold licences in these bands – incumbent telco TDC, Norway’s Telenor Denmark and Telia Denmark of Sweden – were excluded from participating in the auctions, allowing Hi3G Access Denmark (which operates in the 2100MHz band) to expand its frequency holdings.